The capitalist voyeur: commodification, consumption and the spectacle of the cruise

Mahoney, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-0313-3418 and Collins, V.E., 2019. The capitalist voyeur: commodification, consumption and the spectacle of the cruise. Leisure Studies. ISSN 0261-4367

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Abstract

This article explores the pervasive forms of consumerism which underpin the cruise experience. Drawing upon Baudrillard, among others, we examine the process of ‘magical thinking’ utilised by passengers to mask the hidden social, economic, environmental, and cultural harms that surround the international cruise industry and which in turn serves to reinforce inequalities and structural harms between the Global North and South, particularly in developing and ‘exotic’ destinations. In doing so we aim to unpack the construction of leisure cruising in contemporary western society, arguing that it has become the epitome of the normalisation of banal capitalist consumption which underpins the current global neoliberal capitalist system.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Leisure Studies
Creators: Mahoney, I. and Collins, V.E.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 26 September 2019
ISSN: 0261-4367
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10.1080/02614367.2019.1670721DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 30 Sep 2019 08:56
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 10:40
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37864

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